Bel Soggiorno Hotel
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... br> I decided to take the little tourist train that shows the highlights of the city centre, most of which I had already seen, but it was good to get the background info on some of the sights.
So today was a massive highlight, and well worth the money that I hadn't been prepared to spend on my first visit to Catania. ETNA!
The tour was 6 of us with a guide, so there was me, a Romanian couple and a trio of Germans. The guide was a local who was ...
Catania and Taormina, Scily, 25 May
We cannot lie and say beautiful things about the port of Cantania in Sicily. In fact, it is very plain and so different from Valletta yesterday. Our 10-15 minute walk to the train and bus stations did not change the image, probably made it worse. It covers a not so terrific part of town. We have heard that other parts of the city were clean.
However, Mt Etna, ...
Finally we have arrived in Catania, after dodging around it for the last nine days, we have entered the city for the time, and, I have been again stunned. It is nit what I expected. It is a beautiful city, almost like a mini Roma, clean, vibrant and hundreds of old buildings in magnificent condition. We checked in at the Europa Centrale Hotel which is right on the Piazza ...
Today we ventured further along the northern coastline, from Messina, to Milazzo and then Cefalu another famous beachside resort town. The weather was a bit bleak by the time we got to Cefalu, but the views were spectacular. We had lunch at a nice seaside restaurant, and headed back via the coast road rather tthe the Autostrada. Then we joined ...
... crater of a historic Etna eruption on the slopes of the volcano itself. Here we sampled a range of local produce including two liquors (La Cremole Pistacchio and Limoncino) and some almond biscuits. Given that neither of us are great drinkers, the thimble sized samples were more than enough for us! Back on the coach again, we continued our ascent towards the central crater of Mount Etna. As we passed the lava fields across which the road we travelled ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bel Soggiorno Hotel Taormina
Fantastic Place to stay!
I had a great experience at this great hotel!
It is excellent value for money. The building is beautifully located in a lush garden with incredible views over the sea and Mount Etna.
The hotel is in a gorgeous palazzo with lots of character.
The rooms are fairly simple, but clean, well equipped and maintained!
Bathrooms are nice, and beds comfortable!
The breakfast on the terrace outside was just perfect to set us off for the day!
Would love to go back again!
A great stay at the Bel Soggiorno
I stayed in the Bel Soggiorno for four days. It is situated in a lovely, quiet position in Taormina with the most wonderful views. The staff are most helpful and welcoming, making for a relaxing and restful stay in Taormina. Do not expect plush luxury but the rooms have everything you need for a pleasant holiday. There is a wide and varied choice for breakfast that sets you up very nicely for the day. I look forward to returning in the near future.
Previous reviews have accurately captured the feel of Hotel Bel Soggiorno -- pleasant staff, knockout views of the Ionian Sea and Mt. Etna from the terraces, a delicious breakfast, good value for the price, free parking (the slope is daunting but manageable), and the bonus of an uphill stroll to town to stimulate the appetite for its many delicacies.
It's great to read these more recent reviews and to see that this hotel still gives so much pleasure.
Loved our stay!!
Have just got back from the most wonderful holiday in Sicily. We stayed at the Bel Soggiorno for 2 weeks and could not fault it. The views are breathtaking from all the terraces. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Breakfast plentiful (loved the bread and cakes!) The temperature reached 40 degrees during our stay so the A/C was most welcome. Take my advice and go B&B as there are dozens of restaurants in the town to choose from to suit all tastes and budgets. We shall definitely return!!
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Farrell Family: Thoroughly enjoyed our stay!
As of Feb 2004... ... Hotel is simple yet adequate. Owner and staff friendly and give good service. Parking slightly interesting as there are limited spaces on a steep driveway. Room is fine although plumbing could do with modernisation. Room had tv (BBC World 24) and aircon which can heat or chill. Breakfast on terrace is great fun and the views are breathtaking: southern Italy to left, sea dead ahead and Mount Etna to right. Private garden sports juicy orange trees - unbelievable flavour! Short walk to town but does involve climbing a few steps. Simple yet quiet and pleasant. Visit www.*************************** for more info and pics.
Well I liked it!
I have got to say firstly that my husband hated this hotel with a passion. I like to think he mistook the faded grandeur with decrepitude and the signs of character as dirt! Ok, it didn't have the comforts of a modern hotel and we forsook a room with a decent bath for a room with a terrible bathroom but fantastic views! I think it was more than worth it. I have only stayed in one place with finer views and that was in Venice overlooking St Marks Basin and all its glory (again husband disagrees and plumps for Onda verde, Praiano for 2nd place) The rates were reasonable,the parking free (if a bit hazardous, and the breakfasts, terraces and garden - sublime. And as husband can't manage computer I have the final word on this one!